David Weston is the Founder and Chief Exec of the Teacher Development Trust, the national charity for effective professional development in schools and colleges. He also the Chaired of the Teachers’ Professional Development Expert Group at the UK Government’s Department for Education during 2015 and 2016.
David taught Maths, Physics and ICT for 9 years in two state schools in the South-East of England and was leading data management for the last five. During the last few years of his teaching career he began some consultancy work around data and professional development, including a role setting up a new data management award for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) and some teaching on the PGCE Mathematics course at Brunel University and the Teach First (Science) course run from Kings College & Canterbury Christ Church.
During his teaching career he became seriously ill with a rare condition called Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis. This led to him taking some time out and having a life-saving liver transplant in February 2009 after many months of battling for his health. Since then he’s become an advocate for organ donation and try to spread the word and tell his story.
David’s increasing involvement in professional development and teacher learning led to a sense of frustration at the poor state of ongoing training for teachers and he created GoodCPDGuide.com in late 2011 followed by setting up the Teacher Development Trust in early 2012. This was an exciting time as the charity began with just an idea and no financial backing. He soon realised that it wasn’t going to be possible to combine his role as Chief Executive of the Trust with teaching and reluctantly took my last classes through to their exams in May 2012 and then left to become full time at the charity. This coincided with the formal launch event which was held at the Department for Education’s offices in London.